Search Results: "Chris Mendius"


BOOK REVIEW

SPOONFUL by Chris Mendius
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2012

"A superb tale of the druggie lifestyle, by a writer with talent to burn."
Young drug dealers cope with love, loss and voracious smack habits in this scintillating saga of Chicago's lowlife demimonde. Read full book review >

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FINDING THE STORY WITH CHRIS BARTON
by Julie Danielson

The “sneaky, stripy” camouflaged ships of World War I, painted with unconventional patterns so as to confuse the enemy, may be the subject at hand in Chris Barton’s new picture book, Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion, but it’s really about so much more. It’s also a book about information overload, changing technology, war strategy, art ...


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BOOK REVIEW

DOJO DAYCARE by Chris Tougas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"Day care is full of covert purposes, ninja or not; this rollicking read-aloud will fit right in. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ninja training begins early, but before any power moves are taught, young ones must first learn to control their emotions—practical advice for any 3-year-old. Read full book review >

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COOKIE THE WALKER by Chris Monroe
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Moral: Fame isn't all that it's cracked up to be, even if it does come with a fanny pack. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A canine parable about the dangers of fame. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OH NO, GEORGE! by Chris Haughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Young children who struggle to follow the rules will feel a bond with George, and the story's present-tense narration and repeated refrains make this a natural for reading aloud. (Picture book. 3-6)"
George is a gigantic, magenta dog with a purple snout and huge, expressive eyes. He wants to be good and knows the rules of proper behavior, but he can't quite manage to follow them when left alone in the house. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIP AND THE WOOD WITCH CURSE by Chris Mould
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Confusion reigns. (Fantasy.8-12)"
Children are an endangered species in Hangman's Hollow, a town under siege from dark and malevolent forces in this first book of a planned trilogy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOMETHING WICKEDLY WEIRD by Chris Mould
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Fine fare for fans of the likes of Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell's Far-Flung Adventures series or Philip Ardagh's Eddie Dickens trilogy. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
A prolific British illustrator makes a rare foray across the pond with this faintly Gothic series opener. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GEORGE, THE DRAGON AND THE PRINCESS by Chris Wormell
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Minimal text makes this a pitch-perfect yarn for the very young. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The mouse in the mountain has a very special skill. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE EMPEROR OF ABSURDIA by Chris Riddell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Political cartoonist and Greenaway Medalist Riddell is comfortable in this curious fantasy world as imagination transforms the ordinary bedroom objects of this charming blue-eyed, tousled towhead into extraordinary dreams. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This young emperor has clothing issues; the beginning sentences set the scene: "The Emperor of Absurdia was having the most extraordinary dream. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLATYPUS AND THE LUCKY DAY by Chris Riddell
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Keep on smiling. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A lucky day proves to be just so, but not before a series of mishaps casts a long shadow across Platypus's expectations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ARLENE SARDINE by Chris Raschka
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The book's jacket, not incidentally, is painted to look like, read as, and 'open' like the tin lid of a sardine can; the entire book bristles with nonchalance, but makes its points with panache. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Raschka (Simple Gifts, p. 273, etc.) has a way of continually reinventing the picture-book form; here, in his signature splashy watercolors and brash calligraphy, he tells the story of how Arlene, a little fish who wants to be a sardine, achieves her career goal. Read full book review >